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Poster: sunmonster Date: Aug 25, 2008 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1993 was a very good year for the dead

As has probably been stated before, you could have an incredible time at a show even when the band didn't play well (e.g.: I'm sure at least one person had fun in Boreal Ridge). I toured a bunch '83 to '93, and had plenty of great experiences in the 90s. Summer '92 was simply wonderful, albeit with some larger, more unruly crowds than previous.

That said, there is rarely a time I'm listening to a post-Brent show where I won't wonder, "Why am I bothering with this?" Even the most highly regarded shows (e.g.9/10/91 MSG) will have an annoyance like Vince ruining tunes at just the wrong moment (I know he was a nice enough guy and all, but jeez, why did he have to play that inappropriately loud sax sound (a la the album) during the Estimated Prophet jams?, etc.).

So again, the Dead were definitely worth seeing at various points in the 90s, but I don't feel that these shows are worth listening to again, especially with all the other great years out there.

Exception: two great things about '93 that we didn't have in the Keith or Brent eras: So Many Roads and Days Between.